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Greek Cycle Holidays

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Greek Cycle Holidays

Venue Details

Name:Greek Cycle Holidays
Location:Greece
Phone:Steven Frost (+30) 698 008 6345 Peter Frost (+44) 0780 337 1032
Sports:Cycling

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Summary

Introduction

 

Greek Cycle Holidays are based on the Greek Island of Evia which is only about a 1 hour drive from Athens airport. The island is unspoilt and offers a huge range of varying cycling routes and terrain, all on mainly deserted roads, whilst being within easy access to mainland Greece and the challenging Mount Parnitha, 1,413 m above sea level.

You can use the Villa accommodation for your own cycling base or take the opportunity to train with others in one of Greek Cycle Holidays’scheduled cycling training camps. The Villa is ideal for NON-training partners and family. Scheduled camps will include WOMEN ONLY camps.

The company is run by founders Steven and Peter Frost. Steven has worked as a chef for over 20 years in some of the leading hotels in London and Athens and has been awarded many culinary awards including achieving a Michelin star. Their aim is to “provide a full holiday experience for small road cycling groups, based out of our luxury villa in Eretria on the island of Evia. Flexibility is the key, you tell us how you like it and we will do our upmost to provide it.”

Greek Cycle Holidays will organise your complete stay with full back up from the moment you land in Athens until your homeward flight takes off. They cover route planning, vehicle support, prepare your meals and ensure your recovery shakes are waiting for you whenever required. All you need to do is enjoy your cycling. Prices also include your evening wine and beer, so all you’ll need is some spending money for your cappuccino rides via recommended cafés.

Greek Cycle Holidays allows you the opportunity to experience the beauty of Greece, sample great food and enjoy some great cycling on unspoilt roads.


Travel

 

By air; Athens Airport 130 kms

Transfers; are included

Car Hire: To redeem your Special Discount via our partners, Rhino Car Hire, click here ….


Accommodation

 

The traditional Greek style villa is laid out on one floor and includes 4 bedrooms (comfortably sleeping 8 people), a fully equipped kitchen and tea/coffee making facilities in all the bedrooms.

There are separate seating areas which allows you the flexibility to relax on your own, in small groups or gather en-mass to share the your day’s experiences. The Villa offers views over 800 sq m of lush green garden, across to the Eretria coast or the Evia Mountains. 

Menus are prepared by Michelin Star chef, Steven, based on your requirements and wishes, ensuring that you are refuelled for the next ride. You also have a choice of eating inside or outside.

Eretria is one of Greece’s most ancient towns which includes attractions such as the Temple of Apollo Daphniforos, the ancient theatre of Eretria, the temple of Isis at Eretria, the House with the mosaics, the Macedonian tomb of Erotes and Tholos.

Nowadays it is a port and a sought after holiday destination with beaches, bars, restaurants and tavernas that have prospered with the tourist industry.


Training Facilities

 

“This place has it all. Stunning scenery. Long alpinesque climbs. Lovely flat coastal roads. Fantastic weather. Quiet roads. Superb Villa and amazing hospitality and great food at the start and end of each day.” Adam Brooks – Team Principal Manilla Cycling

 

Cycling Facilities

 

The island of Evia (also known as Euboea) is the second largest island in Greece with impressive mountains going up to over 1,740 metres above sea level. The small population makes the roads very quiet so cycling around Evia is safe. You can also use one of the 2 bridges that cross to mainland Greece and head for Mount Parnitha.

You can cycle here all year round, with cycling covering mountain passes, alpine forests and flatter coastal routes. Greek Cycle Holidays can offer pre-planned routes varying in gradient, distance and intensity. 

If you classify yourself as being of medium ability, you could be riding about 100km for the day with a total amount of climbing of 1,500 metres. If you wanted a more demanding challenge, you could be climbing over 3,500 metres during the day.

The Island has its own version of Alpe d’Huez; a 7 mile climb with 17 switchbacks and 7.9% average gradient

Bike Hire; Good quality bikes can be arranged in advance.


Compare Evia with Mallorca

 

The routes on Evia can be more varied as you have more roads and the terrain offers a wide selection of scenery to cycle through – barren mountains, lush valleys, 900km of coastline, renowned monuments and pretty Greek villages.

The population in Evia is less, meaning lower traffic and, as yet, the island doesn’t suffer the same overcrowded cycling routes.

Evia also offers slightly warmer weather throughout the year, making this a better choice for your winter warm weather cycling camp


 

Cycling Holidays

Private Cycling Camp

 

You can book Greek Cycling Holidays' 8 person villa for your cycling base in Evia. Ideal for you and your friends, club and/or team mates. Evia offers a huge variety of routes to suit all keen cyclists which makes this area an attractive alternative to other popular cycling playgrounds like the Alps, Pyrenees and Mallorca. Suggested routes could be in excess of 100km and if you are looking for mountains, you could be climbing over 3,500 metres.

If you can still appreciate the stunning views then “chapeau”

This can be either self-catering or Greek Cycling Holiday’s experienced executive Chef will prepare all meals for you.


Leisure Cycling Holidays

 

If you would prefer a more leisure based cycling holiday, Greek Cycle Holidays will be happy to suggest cycling routes, excursions to help you discover the Island, sample the local water sports or kick back and head for the local vineyards.

What’s Included?
- Breakfast, packed lunches, homemade energy bars, home prepared evening meals.
- Wine, beer from the well-stocked bar
- Airport transfers including your bike
- Drop off and pick up destinations for the day’s ride
- Self-guided preloaded GPS units with the day’s ride and places of interest
- Secure bike storage
- Personalised Greek Cycle Holiday cycling jersey
- Everything you need for a stress and hassle free Cycle Holiday!  Just bring Euros for the Cafe stops and Ice cream!
- Special Event Weeks

Available Dates – Leisure Cycling Holidays are available from May – Oct


Ladies Leisure Week

 

Spend the week cycling, relaxing and socialising with like minded Lady cyclists at Greek Cycle Holidays

What’s Included?
- Breakfast, packed lunches, homemade energy bars, home prepared evening meals.
- Wine, beer from the well-stocked bar
- Airport transfers including your bike
- Drop off and pick up destinations for the day’s ride
- Self-guided preloaded GPS units with the day’s ride and places of interest
- Secure bike storage
- Personalised Greek Cycle Holiday cycling jersey
- 30 minute relaxing massage
- 2 hour cycle seminar covering nutrition, bike fit, training
- Emergency Vehicle support on the rides
- Everything you need for a stress and hassle free Cycle Holiday!  Just bring Euros for the Cafe stops and Ice cream!

Available Dates – Please see "Training Camp" schedule


Coaches

Giannis Papanikolaou

 

Giannis spent some time in the UK where he gained a Master's degree in Sports Scince from Brunel University.

He began cycling at the age of 15, trying both Track and Road events. He finally decided on a career as a Track cyclist, becoming Greek Champion and travelling around the World to compete at World CUps and World Championships.

Giannis was part of the 2004 Athens Olympic, organising the cycling events, using his experience as a cyclist and adding his organisational skills.

He will now lead the Greek Cycle Holiday "Train like a Pro" cycling training camps


Training Camps

 

Training Camp Dates

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Reviews

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Reviewed by Malcolm
On 22-Apr-2018 10:1:29

Comments:  Returned home a couple of days ago after spending a week with Greek Cycle Holidays. Excellent accommodation and food. Cycle routes arranged to suit riding ability. Cycled six out of the seven days with one day sightseeing in Athens. An excellent alternative to going to Mallorca year after year. The rides are just as challenging, nice quiet roads and a climate that means you can cycle all year round.
Reviewed by Kieth
On 22-Apr-2018 10:1:06

Comments:  Just returned from a week here with another 8 members of the team and loved it, I'd heard so much about this place from the guys who went last year and couldn't wait to get there myself! The villa is excellent and a brilliant place to base yourself....mountains in all directions! Steven is a great host and goes out of his way to look after you, absolute top notch bloke! I'll be back next year.....
Reviewed by Josh
On 22-Apr-2018 10:1:26

Comments:  First ever training camp away and for me, was absolutely worth it. Something that will definitely be a yearly ritual from now on. It was both a physical and mental challenge. Physically pushing myself to boundaries I’ve never been. And having the mental capability to carry on when your legs are screaming and can’t take no more! Or at least that’s what happened to my legs after 328miles with 28,000ft of climbing in 7 days. The week was absolutely perfect and is exactly what a training camp should be! First of all, a huge mention to Steven at Greece Cycle Holidays for the opportunity. The effort he goes through is unbelievable! From airport transfers to accommodation, breakfast and dinner (which were phenomenal.) he couldn’t do enough for us, and would highly recommend GCH to anyone! The week seen us climb Evia’s highest mountain, Dirfis, which we climbed twice. The second time being the toughest, from sea level to the top was 3000ft of climbing. And your legs certainly felt it. For me? That was more mentally challenging with the belief and wanting to complete the mountain. Dirfis was our Queen stage which was Day 3. 73 miles and 11,000ft of climbing, only 4 people had ever completed it before. Make that number now 10 as 6 lads from Manilla completed the mountain challenge and smashed it! Chapeau lads! During the week, we also met the local team who we ended up arranging a social ride with. The social ride took place on one of our last days and also the second biggest day for us, day 7! After already having 300 miles in the legs and over 20,000ft of climbing, day 7 seen Manilla and the local Greek team take on Seta mountain. The mountain was 2400ft high and had Evia’s highest village. We met with the team, and within 5 miles we were already starting our climb to the top. The local team set the pace to a high standard (some would call it a smashfest), however after cracking up the mountain, found Manilla first, second and third up to the village and at the cafe! Well done lads! Overall it was an incredible week. I for one surprised myself with how strong I was during the week! Admittedly the last day broke me and I was unable to finish as I could barely turn the pedals, but I took myself to new limits and I’m happy with the performance! The lads looked amazing too, the way they looked? I’m glad I’m in their team racing with them and not against them! Says it all with the amount of KOM’s they’ve stole in Evia! This week for me will be a springboard for the rest of the season, after some strong performances at Croft winter series before coming out? I hope to carry the form on with future races.
Reviewed by Lewis
On 20-Dec-2017 12:0:29

Comments:  Just got back from 7 days over there in Evia staying at the Greek Cycle Holidays villa and what a week it has been! Steven was there to collect us from the airport and take us to the villa. On the first evening he ran us through where we would be cycling during the week and also what times we would like him to come and prepare our breakfast and dinner throughout the week. He also gave us a range of routes to chose from varying from short easy rides to longer rides for more advanced roadies. The villa itself really completed the holiday experience with a hot tub and outdoor bar! Felt welcome by Steven right from the start and overall had a great week with great cycling and food!
Reviewed by Yvonne
On 20-Dec-2017 12:0:57

Comments:  An amazing personalised cycling holiday which provides excellent diverse cycling, captures authentic Greece with superb scenery and to top it off the on-site chef rounds off a ideal cyclists holiday. Will definitely will be booking next year.
Reviewed by Mary
On 22-Nov-2017 13:0:01

Comments:  Just returned from the latest ladies cycling week. What can I say; from the moment we were picked up from Athens airport we have had nothing but 5 star treatment. The cycling, accommodation and food were truly amazing. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Stephen , he even waited upon us; serving beautifully chilled wine whilst we were relaxing in the incredibly soothing hot tub. He also had to endure lots of "ladies specific chats" (boobs, menopause, husbands, you get the gist I'm sure) whilst remaining truly professional throughout! A gem in Greece ! I'm really looking forward to returning in 2018
Reviewed by Julie
On 22-Nov-2017 13:0:22

Comments:  We have returned from a fantastic week's cycling in Greece. Altogether it was memorable and enjoyable and the time flew by. The routes were challenging and as we were not as fit, nor as experienced as the other ladies, Steven adjusted them to accommodate the needs of everyone. We did have a problem with one of the hire bikes, so I would suggest that you take your own. The day with Giannis - the Greek cycling champion - was really good and I benefitted from his riding tips. We also appreciated the back up vehicle which was there to collect us, if or when necessary. The scenery was stunning and we also enjoyed a tremendous day in Athens, with local Lillian as our guide. She was informative and took us to places that we would not otherwise have noticed. The food was outstanding and there was plenty of it. Altogether I would recommend this trip for keen cyclists who want to really challenge themselves in a supportive environment.
Reviewed by Alistair
On 30-Apr-2017 10:1:32

Comments:  We were lucky to get into Greek cycle Holidays over Easter, and this lived upto everything we expected, leaving me feeling the need to write a positive review... The cycling, was superb. We hoped to get something entirely different to the UK, and we did, in a good way. The terrain, scenery and variety on Evia exceeded my expectations, the routes we chose took us up mountains, along coastline, through deep, cliff sided valleys, and to beautiful small beaches and fishing ports. Be sure you have enough space and battery in your camera / phone, the photo opportunities are abound. The route options available are diverse, there was enough there certainly to suit us, and whatever mood we might have been in. I would also suggest there was enough there to suit the whole range of cyclists. Since our holiday application went in, we had been liaising with Steve, he got from us the type of cyclists we were, and the type of cycling we were hoping to do. The routes he recommended did hit the mark, and were the routes we ended up riding. My personal stand out route of those we did, was the route from Eretria, to Steni, up the multiple switchbacks, around (the snowcapped in April) Mt. Dirfys, descend through steep sided valleys, through small hillside villages, and to the opposite coastline at the stunning beach and coves of Chiliadou. In our shortest (distance) but most memorable ride, we had done over 7000ft of ascending (and descending!) in 38 miles, the scenery and variety had been exceptional. After we had spent some time at the beach, Steve was there with the van, loaded us up and drove us home. I intend to attempt the return route when I return to GCH! All of the rides were stunning, another along the coast, a couple of smaller climbs, and then the reward of cresting the final brow, to see, and descend into, the stunning small fishing port of buffalo was a treat. After some photos, we ate in a typical Greek taverna at buffalo, some of the party opted to return in the support van with Steve, others returned along the same route (4000ft in 70miles). Another, the route up to Seta, with the loop around through the stunning rugged interior of the island and back to the coast was a very memorable day of riding (another day of 7000ft+ ascending, this time in 60 miles). The location of Eretria is a great base. Within a couple of minutes from the villa, you are in the coastal port town, and another couple of minutes, you will either set off along the coast, or alternatively start one of the great ascents to the interior of the island, and over to the opposite coastline if you choose to. Also, the really remarkable feature of this holiday, the villa, and the option of having Steve cook for us, which we chose to have. This option gives you either an entirely self catering villa, or what I felt be a truly ‘best of both’ option. We chose the all inclusive option, so Steve cooked and prepared our meals for us, a real benefit for a holiday like this where you need your energy for the cycling, and good food prepared for you after the cycling! And apart from the meals, we didn’t see him much, the villa was then our own. Again, from making our application, Steve was liaising with us, to ascertain our food taste and meal preferences, so gave suggestions when we arrived, and also discussed with us again each day to confirm the next days choices. And the food was superb. Steve knows what he is doing, (an ex-top hotel chef in Athens) he both knew what to feed us to keep us fuelled, and at the same time, impressed us with really well prepared tasty meals. The villa is a really well thought out property. The villa itself has everything you would expect in top quality form, and real bonus additional features of the ‘bar’ building (with stocked bar (lager on draught!) seating area, barbeque, fire oven, and kitchenette), and also the modern hot tub, (with room for the whole party, covered, with closable curtain sides and surrounding patio seating area) and well maintained garden, for me really added to the enjoyment of this excellent property. I have not previously been on a cycling specific holiday, but I find it hard to imagine that anywhere else would offer anything much better than the cycling variety on Evia, nor with the location and property offered by Greek Cycle Holidays. As you might have figured out by now, I will be returning to Greek cycle Holidays, and I will be doing it as soon as I can.
Reviewed by Adam
On 30-Apr-2017 10:1:09

Comments:  This place has it all. Stunning scenery. Long alpine esq climbs. Lovely flat costal roads. Fantatsic weather. Quiet roads. Superb Villa and amazing hospitality and food at the start and end of each day.
Reviewed by Kayte
On 30-Apr-2017 10:1:30

Comments:  If you're dithering about which cycling holiday to choose...STOP! Choose this one and you'll really not be disappointed. After a week with GCH I cannot fault anything at all and will definitely be returning for another holiday. Steve and Lilian are amazingly welcoming, the villa has fantastic facilities (the hot tub was my favorite place after a ride) and the food is just out of this world. It was like dining in a really good restaurant each day without the hassle of having to go anywhere. As much as i love to cook, I am now a firm fan of this sort of service on an active holiday. No shopping, cooking, clearing away. The rides were planned to suit our abilities and energy, some tweaks being made on the day depending how we were feeling. The route was then provided on a Garmin so there was no hassle with route finding or getting lost. Many of the roads are new or really good. Some remote mountain roads did have some loose stone along some stretches but we were warned of this and were prepared. There was plenty of lovely scenery along the way and the roads mostly very quiet. Even on the busier roads the drivers were absolutely courteous. Only passing when totally safe and not impatient. They gave plenty of room to riders and the majority giving us a friendly toot and a thumbs up as they went or shouting 'BRAVO!' Whatever your ability - Serious competitor or just a leisure rider - GCH will tailor your week and you'll be surprised at what you achieve. You'll also want to take Steve home with you so you can carry on enjoying his amazing food.
Reviewed by Anne
On 30-Apr-2017 10:1:37

Comments:  We have just got back from a GCH cycling holiday. My husband and I needed to kick start some committed training for a big cycling challenge this Summer. We were fed up of cold rainy days in GB so a week on a beautiful Greek Island with sun, good food and a free bar seemed like a perfect solution. The experience exceeded our expectations. We shared the villa with other keen cyclists who inspired and encouraged us. I cycled over 200 miles and climbed 100km on a number of rides. We even had a rest day which involved a little flat ride to a beach and a bit of sunbathing, swimming in clear aquamarine water and ice-cream. What was wonderful after a day of challenging rides was coming home to a therapeutic jacuzzi which massaged aching muscles. Steve brought us drinks even a glass of bubbly on the night of our wedding anniversary. Once refreshed a delicious meal of home cooked food was served. Steve had an uncanny way of knowing what our favourite grub was be it the best steak and chips I ever eaten or tzatzeki and freshly caught fish. Breakfasts were equally good. Slow releasing porridge carbs to get us up the mountains. Then banana bread and fresh fruit with Greek yogurt and local honey. We were also surrounded by history. A massive Acropolis was on our door step to explore and watch the sunset over the mountains and sea. A museum with archeological riches was at the end of the road. If you want fitness with flavour. Good cycling, good cooking and good company the GCH meets all your requirements.
Reviewed by Davy
On 30-Apr-2017 10:1:40

Comments:  I have just got home after a week spent in Evia staying in the Greek Cycle Holidays villa. My mate Luke won a competition and asked my wife and I to join him for a week. As a complete novice cyclist, I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone, and that I wouldn’t manage the distances or the hills. Steve was great though, and tailored daily rides to suit everyone’s ability and gave loads of encouragement. As the days went by, the distances and climbs on each ride increased, and I ended up cycling 150 miles and climbing 10500 feet in five rides. I’m pretty pleased with that. The food prepared by Steve is fantastic, and I thoroughly enjoyed second and third helpings of everything. Greek drivers are very patient and when passing, left us lots of room. The road surfaces can be a bit hit and miss, but once outside the towns they are generally pretty good, and who cares when the scenery is so stunning! If you are thinking about a cycling holiday, you can’t go wrong with Greek Cycle Holidays. Steve and Lillian make a great team, and looked after us all very well. I have had my best ever holiday, and have been well and truly bitten by the cycling bug.
Reviewed by Paul
On 29-Mar-2017 06:1:59

Comments:   "Everyone of us said that the trip was way beyond our expectations. We were all blown away by the variety of cycling that could be done. The level of support you gave on the rides and the food and accommodation was superb. The guys feel that you really need to emphasise the quality of cycling and the routes that can be done on the island and how tough it can be. We also all said you really need to advertise how much the hassle is taken out of everything due to your level of support all we had to do was think about riding our bikes. The food is also something we all feel you really need to sell more as it was top class and exactly what was required. There are some routes I would maybe amend slightly to save going on some major roads that became quite busy but overall routes were excellent. The availability of the washing machine was also really important to the lads and meant we could wash kit each night and travel lighter not bringing so much kit. The bike shed and tools excellent. Finally after speaking to some of the lads the biggest battle is getting people from their usual Mallorca or Spain camps as if they don't think you are offering anything different or better or cheaper then they will just go with what they know. I believe you do offer all those things, its just letting people know that
Reviewed by Andy
On 27-Mar-2017 09:1:14

Comments:  This place has it all. Stunning scenery. Long alpinesque climbs. Lovely flat coastal roads. Fantastic weather. Quiet roads. Superb Villa and amazing hospitality and great food at the start and end of each day.”
Reviewed by Dave
On 27-Mar-2017 09:1:50

Comments:  Location, scenery, fantastic food & being looked after like kings. Unbelievable cycling holiday, would highly recommend!!
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